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Disinfection in addition to traditional cleaning methods is the best way to help ensure a cleaner, safer environment. According to the FDA, UVC radiation is a known disinfectant for air and nonporous surfaces.
Environmental Services (EVS) teams play a critical role in a hospital’s infection control efforts. Supported by hospital administrators and Infection Prevention (IP) leaders, EVS groups are responsible for deploying infection prevention measures that serve as a first line of defense against the spread of disease.
While there are many strategies to optimize patient throughput, the critical role of speed in disinfection practices has taken on new meaning in the current climate since it is a key evaluation metric when implementing disinfection solutions.
In order to successfully tackle IP and bring HAI rates down, it is vital for healthcare facilities to ensure their disinfection procedures are actually working.
Many hospitals and other healthcare facilities are investing in new designs that not only enhance patient experience and ease staff burden, but also make these spaces safer by maximizing infection prevention features.
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) can easily spread by touching pieces of contaminated equipment and by not washing hands after contact with bodily fluids. If a surface is left uncleaned, it can easily become a source of cross-contamination.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has been the most public target of disinfection efforts for the past two years, fighting ongoing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant infections are still of critical concern for hospitals, urgent care centers, surgical facilities and other healthcare offices.
Patients are worried about infection prevention now more than ever due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are afraid to go to healthcare facilities due to fear of catching coronavirus and hospital acquired infections (HAIs) from another patient.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has overshadowed almost any other health-related news for the past two years, the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections has not waned for patients throughout the world.
With so many new people in healthcare, it’s imperative that the industry build clear protocols, awareness campaigns, comprehensive training, and an underlying culture of infection prevention (IP) to ensure patient safety.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been a renewed focus on disinfection. There has been a significant need for improved disinfection of procedure and treatment rooms, both after each procedure and on a continuous basis.
IP practices are not a one-size-fits-all solution for differing health delivery locations, staff, or patients. Not all rooms are the same shape and size, so IP protocol needs to be specific to each room.
Infection prevention in 2022 is likely going to be marked by transformation. It will be critical for the industry to lead IP efforts, ensuring that disinfection tools, operational protocols, and innovation are aligned to both patient safety and growth goals.
Deploying the best UVC hospital room disinfection system can strengthen the infection prevention plan for any site that serves military personnel, defense and homeland security staff, TSA agents, and the healthcare providers that work in these facilities.
One of a military medical facility’s most useful weapons against harmful pathogens: infection prevention team leaders. While every military healthcare team member is responsible for patient safety, effective IP leaders help increase awareness and set the tone for a culture of infection prevention.
As outpatient sites and VA centers continue to serve medical and dental patients throughout the globe, it is critical to mitigate opportunities for pathogen spread.
Rapid IP methods are vital to patient and staff safety, making both speed and efficacy key evaluation metrics when implementing disinfection solutions throughout a healthcare system.
Infection prevention (IP) is a constant battle. To win it, hospital personnel must constantly strive to upgrade their plan of attack. It is never enough to simply follow current protocol. IP leaders have to monitor performance, track results over time, and explore ways to innovate their processes. In November 2019, the Centers for Disease Control […]
On any given day, one in 31 hospital patients will battle a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To put that into perspective, approximately 1.7 million Americans develop infections from their stay in a hospital each year, and of those, nearly 100,000 are fatal. However, these numbers could […]
Every year, healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) plague two million patients and cost organizations upwards of $3 billion. But it’s not only patients who spread infections—an estimated 20 to 40 percent of HAIs are passed by a healthcare worker after they touch another patient or a contaminated surface. These numbers can be significantly reduced with a comprehensive […]
One of the complex responsibilities hospital management faces is year-end capital investment planning. In today’s move to value-based care, capital spending must be beneficial to patients, reduce costs, improve quality, and increase efficiency. Finding investments that hit those marks and offer healthcare leaders an appealing ROI is a formidable challenge. Here is a look at […]
Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) should be a top priority at every hospital. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients is hit with an HAI, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In any given year, the CDC estimates, almost 100,000 Americans with an HAI die. An effective Infection Protection (IP) team […]
One of the complex responsibilities long term care facility management faces is planning for the unknown. Any healthcare crisis — whether it be from a natural disaster or a worldwide epidemic — affects every element of a LTCF’s plan. Long term care, nursing home, and assisted living facilities’ leaders understand they need to include unknowns […]
More than 5 million Americans are admitted to or reside in a range of long term care and assisted living facilities each year. These patients and residents consider this facility their home and rely on it for their well being and safety. But the typical demographic makeup of long term care, nursing home, and assisted […]
Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the United States with 75% of all hospitals having a competitor within 15 miles. Now more than ever, it’s more important for hospitals and healthcare centers to differentiate from one another. One way to set yourself apart is by using your IP data as a tool to promote […]
Controlling and managing the flow of patients in a busy hospital is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare administrations today. While more patients are a good thing for your bottom line, inefficient patient throughput leads to fewer patients getting the care they need and an inefficient use of resources and assets for your organization—which […]
The healthcare industry has always been at the forefront of innovation. Today’s patients expect that their hospital will have the latest, most technically advanced solutions to heal and keep them well, both during surgery and recovery. So, just what will leading hospital ORs look like in the future—even the very near future of tomorrow? Which […]
Create a culture that understands, supports, and innovates IP practices throughout the healthcare system.
Choose the best UVC solution for maximum infection prevention.
Ensure your facility is future-proofed for today and tomorrow’s infection risks through a reassessment of your processes, procedures, and IP solution investments.
According to the New York Times, the CDC has updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles.
Critical considerations as surgical center leaders deploy infection prevention measures throughout their location.
Evidence-based infection prevention procedures and technologies enable you to maintain the safest dental environment.
RD-UVC’s leading infection prevention technology is being used to disinfect critical ship elements that allow MARMC to do their work and keep crews safe.
Experts say that 55 to 70 percent of all HAIs are preventable so understanding how to combat infections at military base and other medical facilities is critical.
One of a military medical facility’s most useful weapons against harmful pathogens: your infection prevention team leaders.
Millions of Americans are exposed to potential HAI’s from a dental office. To fight harmful pathogens, it is vital to come up with an infection prevention (IP) plan that specifically addresses dental office environments, patient populations, and potential risks.
With threats to patient safety in and out of the front door daily, it’s critical to implement a series of IP procedures that are enforced and followed by every member of the dental practice team.
The Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) is using RD UVC to disinfect surface areas and air to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
TMC Bonham Hospital has added a layer of infection prevention through a gift from the Fannin County Hospital Authority.
While the deadly pathogen on everyone’s minds might be Coronavirus, it’s important to continue the fight against HAIs, most notably C. difficile, which is among the deadliest.
With infection threats to patient safety occurring daily, how does your IP team employ the right strategies? Read these four ways to improve IP in your hospital.
Cut annual costs, decrease HAIs, and increase revenue with the right UVC solution.
Find out why RD UVC is proven to fight C. diff.
An AJIC published study showed that even a 20% reduction in C.diff cases as a result of RD-UVC could save the average hospital $1.365M annually.
Read these five tips to convince your hospital’s leadership to focus more on IP.
93% of people say hospital infection rates influence their decision in choosing a hospital; find out how to set your hospital apart by promoting its strong IP practices.
Implementing IP procedures that followed by every team member will allow your hospital to operate without disruption from HAIs.
Prevent the spread of infection with these effective infection prevention strategies for the most susceptible areas of the hospital.
A report published by the CDC looks at HAI risks to employees.
Environmental disinfection has become the new frontier in the ongoing battle to reduce the risk of health care–associated infections.
UVC devices are effective adjuncts to manual cleaning but vary in their ability to disinfect high concentrations of organisms in the presence of protein.
The RD UVC System UV-C System was highly effective in reducing Clostridium difficile spores on contaminated surfaces.
A new independent study demonstrates that the Steriliz R-D™ Rapid Disinfector™ is the proven ultraviolet-C (UV-C) disinfection solution of choice for combating pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).